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Reeling from his failed comeback and ruined marriage, washed-out actor Ian James (née Isaac Janowitz) flees Los Angeles for a two-week respite in Northern California’s remote Marble Mountains—Bigfoot country. His time alone in the wilderness begins to peel away the layers of his Hollywood persona. After a fateful meeting with a beguiling woman, Ian begins to question his heart. In a moment of clarity, Isaac ditches his publicist and finds himself in Redding, living with invisibility at the Vagabond Motel.
Professor Ruth Hill is burnt out teaching photography at Redding’s Shasta College, eager for her upcoming retirement. But for unexplained reasons, despite weekly therapy sessions, her panic attacks have escalated. Her artistic slump persists. Looking back, she regrets a life without risk; looking forward, she dreads a meaningless future. Going over her proof sheets one morning, she stumbles upon a series of striking thumbnails, reigniting her passion and creativity.
Readers will root for Isaac and Ruth as they grapple with their chance encounter on the mountain and search for meaning in their repellent, yet intense attraction. Their paths do cross again, but when confronted with the possibility of enduring love, Ruth’s cynicism creeps in; Isaac’s self-defeating beliefs take hold. For these two damaged souls, it just may be too late.
What a great read!! This is the story of two friends, Ruth and Meg. And, a man named Isaac. And, all of the interesting characters that surround them. The whole story unfolded wonderfully!! JC Miller wrote about them all running away from something….yet, towards something else!
Ruth and Meg are polar opposites, but together they made the type of friendship that grows with you…lasting a lifetime. The story begins with them hiking in the Marble Mountain’s Wilderness back in 1984, and then leaps ahead 29 years, when they make this same trip to celebrate Meg’s 60th Birthday. This is when they meet Isaac, who is stowing away on the mountain top to get away from his life in Hollywood.
I was so intrigued by JC Miller’s ability to tell this story without taking up too much time with each moment of their lives…but, you learned what the makeup of each characters heart and soul is. When she writes about their past it is brief, yet enough for you to see them clearer. Understand their pains and hopes and their dreams.
I felt a strong connection to the characters, because of the endearing friendship, and the love stories written about on these pages.
JC (Jeanne) Miller, M.A., is an educator and founding member of JAM, an editorial-consultation team. An avid reader, aspiring traveler and table tennis enthusiast, she resides in Northern California.
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